Flood damage restoration service – Bodega Bay

Homeowners in Bodega Bay experience water damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a building flood, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

The most common cause of water damage is when water enters a building or residence via a flood, storm or burst pipe. Sometimes the damage is overt and evident, while other times it’s subtle or even hidden.

It’s more complex than just drying the interior of the building to repair water damage. Modern methods for water damage remediation like Critical Control, can often mitigate damage that would otherwise have required total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are available Contact for a Professional

Oftentimes, home or building owners try to tackle water damage by using DIY solutions that can be found on the internet. This is a bad idea. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage and they call on the equipment and expertise of experts. These guidelines are included in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is created because of the need for professional standardisation in situations involving water damage to buildings and homes and the dangers they can pose.

The IICRC guidelines aid restoration experts such as Critical Control to evaluate the kind and severity of the damage on each project.

There are really important reasons why professionals dealing with water damage need to adhere to these guidelines. There are instances that require our bringing in the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is professional with the training to assess a site for contamination and collect samples, conduct lab tests, and then advise us on the category of water damage.

This is crucial in situations where the building’s inhabitants are in danger or have concerns regarding contamination.

Water damage according to categorizes and classes


Restoration projects for water damage are classified into two categories in accordance with the degree of the water infiltration is.

The water that entered the building was classified according to its level of contamination. Category 1 implies that the water comes from a clean source such as a burst water supply or tub or sink.

Category 2 water is characterized by the highest levels of contaminants. It could cause illness if it is ingested or contacted. It could include sources that may not normally seem like dangers, such as the discharge from washing machines or toilet overflows.

Category 3 water can be classified as extremely contaminated. It may contain toxic, pathogenic, or other harmful substances. It can be caused by leaks in toilet traps, and water flooding from rivers and streams. This water may contain pesticides, heavy metallics or harmful substances.


The IICRC has also created classes we use in measuring the amount of water intrusion on your property. This is basically setting guidelines for the level of saturation of the building or home.

The lowest degree of absorption by water and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. This is where the water comes into contact approximately 5percent or less of construction materials that absorb water. This is due to the fact that most of the materials that are affected by water don’t absorb or hold water. Examples are concrete, finished/coated wood, masonry or plaster.

Class 2 means that there is a significant absorption of water and intrusion. This means that between 5 and 40% of the floor, ceiling and wall is constructed of low-evaporation materials like wood, concrete or the masonry.

The porous materials, like carpet, insulation and fiberboard that comprise Class 3 comprise around 40 percent of the floor, wall and ceiling materials. This includes about 40% in class 3. Other materials, such as concrete or plaster that don’t absorb water haven’t been affected in any way.

Class 4 refers to the fact that water has been deeply stuck in materials that do not readily absorb water, such as concrete, wood, and bricks and mortar. This will require more time to dry and special drying methods.

How do you dry a water damaged building or house


Three ways of removing water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporate. Eliminating liquid water is typically 500 times more effective than dehumidifiers and air movers. The faster the structure is dried, the better. The amount of stuff that needs to be extracted will affect both dehumidification and extraction techniques.

Professionals dealing with water damage employ different extraction techniques. Some of our tools include wands, subsurface extraction tools, self-propelled tools, and vacuum squeezers.

Forcible Evaporation

The remaining moisture is dried with high-velocity air movers after as much water as has been removed.

When an object gets wet or submerged in water it absorbs a portion of the moisture or water. As a result, the material becomes dampened or wet.

Saturation is defined as the point where it becomes unachievable for the air to contain any moisture. Higher humidity means that the air is getting closer to saturation.

In the evaporation process in which water molecules are ejected from liquid state to gaseous state. This process is known as evaporation.

This means that the object has stopped absorbing water from the air. This is called the saturation point. Once saturation is attained the drying process commences.

High-efficiency air movers dry the object on both sides in the evaporation phase. They produce a powerful airflow over the surface of the object which is directed by a filter system that is able to cover the entire surface of the object.

An air mover can transport between 10 and 20 percent more air than a fan, or an ordinary household fan.

Air movers dry the object approximately 10 times more quickly than normal conditions, when there isn’t any air mover.

Airflows with high velocity removes the moisture from the surface and absorbs the moisture that is drawn out by air movement.

Use heat to assist the drying process.

Heat is an important component of any restoration job. To dry out the materials damaged by water, we use a number of different types of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters may be used for drying jobs that require multiple heating sources. They can be found in various power levels, which allows you to use multiple heaters at the same time.

Electric heat is also adjustable, allowing it to be shut off or reduced when the work is in process, without impacting your other heaters. This means that you can reduce one heater while raising the wattage of the other to increase efficiency and reduce your cost of energy.

Because they emit almost no carbon dioxide and require minimal water They are used in restoration projects. They are more difficult to heat up and require longer drying time.

Hydronic Bioler (TES),: The boilers quickly heat up and emit very little emissions. They typically operate using propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heating in the sense that they don’t utilize forced-air for distribution of heat, so it can be challenging to evenly heat a large area with these types of heaters. They can also be utilized to dry out jobs that do not require ceilings or walls to be able to stand in the same place.

They are also commonly employed when there isn’t enough electricity to run electric heaters. Because they’re so effective at producing radiant heat, they are able to easily keep your drying area warm even without an electric power source.


We use low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to dry buildings as well as houses that have suffered water damage.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints of moisture from damp structures which have suffered severe water damage within 24 hours.

In addition to extracting water out of the air such as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also get rid of as much as 99% of mold spores that are airborne in the air, by removing condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

Water damaged hardwood floors need to be removed so that repairs can be made from the subflooring upwards.

The subflooring has to be removed and repaired first. The hardwood floors damaged need to be sanded or replaced. To ensure a uniform appearance the floors must be sanded and repaired after these repairs have been completed.

Carpets Damaged by Water

If you have been unfortunate enough to have flooding in your house this can be a stressful and expensive experience. It is possible that you will need to replace your flooring even if you’ve removed the water from the area as quickly as you can.

After spending time and money to restore your home back to its pre-flooding condition, it will be a shock to discover that the final results leave an unsatisfactory impression.

It is vital to identify the extent of damage as soon as possible. One of the first issues that needs to be addressed is whether or not the damaged area should be replaced. There’s a possibility that the carpet could be cleaned and used once it is dry and this will help eliminate some of concerns regarding the growth of mildew and the lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water is very extensive, it is possible that you’ll notice stains on your carpeting. Sometimes, you will have to replace your flooring to eliminate these stains. Another reason that might prompt you to think about replacing your carpet is a strong and lingering scent. You will need to replace your padding and carpet if this happens.

The next step to determine whether or not you need to replace your carpet is to determine whether your floor can be professionally cleaned and dried. A professional service can assist you in determining how severe the damage was. We can evaluate whether or not your carpet needs to be replaced or saved. Remember that some of the techniques employed for drying may harm the carpet further if it is already in bad condition.

Some of the considerations which will decide whether or not the carpet and padding need to be replaced are:

Do your carpets get professionally cleaned, dried, and cleaned?

If the padding underneath your carpet is also damaged, it could affect the length of time your carpet can last. Although your carpet may have dried quickly, mildew growth can still occur if the padding underneath is not dried.

The best way to be sure that your carpeting is properly cleaned and disinfected following a flood is to hire a professional carpet cleaning company. When the firm has finished their work, you will be capable of making an informed decision about the state of your carpeting and decide whether or not to replace it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The drywall repair procedure varies based on the extent of the damage. Repairing water damage may be as easy as taking out the drywall portion, cleaning the area, and then replacing it.

The opposite of this is that significant damage may require whole-wall replacement including fiberglass insulation and wall studs.

Drywall that has been damaged by water often contains mold spores that cannot be easily removed. In most cases, the drywall will have to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools that allow us to determine where and how extensive the moisture has become. This helps us identify damaged areas and limit costs to areas that need to be repaired.

Water can also cause structural damage, because it causes the wood to expand or expand or contract. It is easier to break wood when it is moistened by water. The wood may get brittle if kept in the water for too long.


This problem can be avoided by homeowners and building owners taking immediate action to fix water-related structural issues with their property after a flood or other water-related damage.

Water Damage to the Foundation

The damage caused by water to a house’s foundation can occur for various reasons. While not all water concerns result in structural damage, it is crucial to address foundational issues in the quickest time possible to avoid potential structural damage.

The water damage from foundations can result in a myriad of problems based on how it’s dealt with. It could cause serious structural damage if it isn’t addressed promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Damage to the roof can be caused by natural catastrophes similar to foundation water damage. As well as causing roof leaks, roof damage can also cause issues with the walls and foundations of a the building.

Leaking roofs are costly and can have serious drawbacks. Roof leaks can result in the growth of mold, which can prove fatal. The leaks in the roof could also result in damage to the roof truss system.

Leaks in your ceiling could cause your rafters to decay and soften if you don’t take action immediately. Electrical faults are also prevalent in the case of roof water damage which can cause an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to get roof water damage taken care of promptly following a flood or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home may be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is put in place. You are putting your business and home at risk because you do not have HVAC. It can lead to severe health issues.

Pipe water damage

If you’re suffering from pipe damage due to water, it will likely be coming from a burst pipe in your home. If you’ve discovered a leak, it is crucial to get a professional to stop the water from creating structural damage.

The burst of pipes can cause number of damages. The water can get into your home via broken pipes, which can cause severe damage. This could lead to structural damage.

Shut off the water supply and call an expert IICRC-certified specialist with a firm for water restoration like Critical Control as soon as you spot damaged water pipes.

What is the price of restoring water damages?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square feet the repair and cleanup costs can vary. The following breakdown of pricing is available from National Flood Services for each square foot

Does water damage get covered by homeowner’s insurance?

If the cause was unintentional and sudden homeowners insurance policies typically cover the damage. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance may provide for the repair or replacement of broken windows but not for damages due to negligence.

Neglect can be described as damage to a surface or object that is the result of exposure, poor maintenance or general degradation. The Insurance Information Institute in the US states that homeowners insurance will NOT cover neglect-related damage.

If the water damage results from an event that is a flood, it will not be covered under the homeowners insurance. The flood insurance policy is mandatory. In certain areas where flood insurance is required, it’s usually by mortgage lenders. Flooding can happen as a result of storms, over-saturated ground, flooding or overflowing bodies of water like rivers, ponds, lakes, streams, oceans in combination with high winds.